EgyptAir crash black box 'found', French officials claim

A French company says its special undersea search ship has detected signals from one of the black box flight recorders on the EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea last month.

The signals were definitely from a black box, Barthe said.

So far only a relatively small amount of debris has been recovered from the missing EgyptAir flight which crashed killing all 66 people on board.

No survivors have been found from flight MS804.

The development raised hopes the plane's flight data and cockpit voice recorders, known as the black boxes, could be retrieved and shed light on the aircraft's tragic crash. According to the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, they will have to wait another week before the arrival of another ship specifically equipped to bring to the surface the flight recorders.

The ping is "assumed to be from one of the data recorders", the accident investigation committee said in a statement on Wednesday.

That is just the first of many "ifs" in the process: even if the boxes are found, there's no certainty whether the information they contain will have survived intact.

Investigators have said it is too soon to determine what caused the disaster although a terror attack has not been ruled out.

Last week a lead investigator in the search said airplane manufacturer Airbus had detected signals from the plane's Emergency Locator Transmitter, a device that can manually or automatically activate at impact and will usually send a distress signal. The French Navy said its ship arrived Tuesday in the search area, the Associated Press reported. Because the flight originated in Paris, French officials have been assisting in the investigation.

In this May 21, 2016 file photo, an EgyptAir plane flies past minarets of a mosque as it approaches Cairo International Airport, in Cairo, Egypt. They included a boy and two babies. The remainder consisted of two pilots, five flight attendants, and three security personnel. But at present, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility - including, notably, the Islamic State, which conducted a broadcast shortly after the crash.

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